Blackmon, Beal the Big 12 players of the year

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Last week, Oklahoma switched defenses and used him as a linebacker, even dropping him into pass coverage against Oklahoma State.

“The guy is the absolute best. … He just consistently makes plays. We stood him up and put him in a different position last week because of all their four wide receiver sets,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said of his sixth different player to win top defensive honors since 2000. “He took to it, he’s out there playing cornerback half the time. The guy can do anything.”

Martinez emerged as Nebraska’s starting quarterback as a freshman and led the 13th-ranked Cornhuskers back to the Big 12 championship game for the second straight year. They’ll face Beal and No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.

David ranks second in the Big 12 with 128 tackles and also has six sacks and nine passes broken up.

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